Worth reading. The computer was snapped shut, according to testimony, then opened again, when the men were shirtless, then shut for good. I'm very curious as to why the prosecutor is holding her responsible in any way, shape, or form simply because Mr. Ravi was using her computer.  Afterwards, that same roommate took his own life. feels like an apology thats not really actually an apology at all. The LGBT community saw in this case an opportunity to bring national attention to their cause. In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Reporters, bloggers and columnists across the US have weighed in on this and for once, the Indian-American community has had plenty to say. Someone cant be driven to suicide. The messages were sent after Ravi had been visited that afternoon by the resident assistant and told of Clementi's complaint: "I want to explain what happened. Whether in this country or in India, homophobia is perpetuated by a society which never speaks about homosexuality or if it does, it is in hushed tones, wink-wink talk or with outright disapproval. Cookie Settings/Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The captain of Ravi's Ultimate Frisbee team testified that, after practice that evening, Ravi "told me he had set up a webcam of some sort to capture images of his roommate. Five days after the verdict, Ravi said in an interview: "I'm not the same person I was two years ago. If I took the plea, I would have had to testify that I did what I did to intimidate Tyler and that would be a lie. He then added, "Yeah keep the gays away. He had been booked for assaulting his wife Maria. had in his letter offered to write a letter to help Ravi avoid deportation. When Ravi was sentenced last week, I was relieved because I thought that meant his story was over, and at last we could move forwardand talk about ways to make life better for kids like Tyler Clementi, rather than focusing so much energy on making life worse for one kid named Dharun Ravi. Arent we all part of the human race? Twenty-year-old Dharun Ravi faces 15 counts including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy against Clementi, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010, one . What I wanted to say with that rant was that I dont understand why someone looks at 30 days of gaol time and thinks its massively too short. ""Whatever I say will never change the Clementis' mind about me, or how people see me.". Though our community is one of the most accomplished in this country, I have to say Lavina, there are certain areas where we have not matured or evolved (and I have observed this in both 1st and 2nd generation Indian Americans) too much. ", After 12 hours of deliberations over two and a half days, a jury of 12 members and three alternates reached a verdict on March 16, 2012. Its the only way I can go on with my life. Tyler and the Clementis are not automatically right because he is dead. document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); Enby is a Black/Trans owned company run by 3 enby's that believes that all bodies deserve affirmation and pleasure. My heart goes out to the family. Ravi, Lun, Pacheco are different from them. To protect his privacy as a possible crime victim, the judge ordered that media could show only his hands and could not record himcourtroom restrictions that were a "rare exception" according to The New York Times account.  In a New York Times op-ed piece, journalist Emily Bazelon argued that, while Ravi's invasion of Clementi's privacy "should be out of bounds on a college campus," the punishment he faced was disproportionate to that crime, and that hate crime laws were not intended for these types of actions. The activation failed. Browse. In an exclusive interview in this column just hours after he was convicted, Ravi said, "I'm never going to regret not taking the plea.  During this second viewing, Wei and others saw Clementi and his guest kissing with their shirts off and their pants on. , Ravi left for ultimate frisbee practice around 8:309:00p.m. You would have found something or someone that he left out. The New Jersey bias-intimidation law that played a crucial part in the conviction of Dharun Ravi in 2012 has been ruled unconstitutional by the New Jersey Supreme Court . If anyone knows of anyone who has ever brought a 30 year old to the dorm for sex, let me know. Sunday night when you requested to have someone over I didn't realize you wanted the room in private. Yes, it's happening again. Is any racism at play here, too? also said that when he lay in Clementi's bed, he heard people joking and laughing in the courtyard, and it "seemed like the jokes were at somebody else's expense". 2023 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved. You all would not have liked Ravis apology no matter what. The people that are fighting for gay rights, they have a just cause. Born in India, raised most of his life in the U.S. but still an Indian citizen, he was afraid he would be deported to India. However, M.B.  M.B. I only wish that half the population could be a quarter as inteligent as you are. Ive written about how strange it is that what Ravi did to Clementi is done by college boys to college girls every day in this countryand nobody does anything about it, and how anybody whos been there probably isnt that shocked that Ravi saw his behavior as somehow acceptable or normal within the surprisingly primal environment of undergraduate co-habitation. Time to get out of the complacency and self-congratulatory mode! In regard to the invasion of privacy charge, Fahy said the defense was effective in raising reasonable doubt by characterizing the incidents as a "frolic" of "first-year college students". By then he had his own family in America, a wife and two daughters. Many people convicted of crimes address the victims and their families in court. I went to Molly's room and I was showing her how I set up my computer so I can access it from anywhere. Dharun Ravi did not take a plea bargain in December that would have avoided jail time altogether and put him on probation with 600 hours of community service. Several prosecution witnesses testified Ravi never complained about Clementi being gay, only that he was quiet.  At 9:25 Ravi's computer was disconnected, according to analysis by the Rutgers IT expert, and it stayed disconnected till 11:19p.m. At 9:33 Clementi told a friend online that he had turned off the power strip to Ravi's computer. Not because he was GAY but because he was 1)a stranger and 2)beyond the reasonable age group for the environment. But Dharun Ravi, it's not about you. What he did wasnt good, I dont endorse it, it was shitty, but he is NOT a murderer. ! really surprised me. Are you just trolling or do you really mean that? , M.B. The appeals court ordered that Ravi could be re-tried on ten other charges. The immigration system does not give anyone a second chance for being a dumb teenager. I wanted to make amends for Sunday night. And it has nothing to do with whether the Clementis were as supportive of their son as they should have been. The second saved message was sent by Ravi on September 21 (6:39p.m.), after Clementi late that afternoon requested private use of the room for another tryst: "Anyone with i-chat, I dare you to video chat me between 9:30 and 12. I won't ever get up there and tell the world I hated Tyler because he was gay, or tell the world I was trying to hurt or intimidate him because it's not true. It was not because his ethnicity was put on trial, that he became some kind of Exhibit A for an affluent but socially conservative immigrant community. as if he doesn't exist", yet M.B. M.B. This summer, a brown-skinned 20 year old man of South Asian descent was nationally ostracized. The judge ruled that "wildly inappropriate" be excluded from jury evidence since it was not a present sense impression but a description of past actions that Clementi had deliberated on. Part of HuffPost Crime. The captain of the frisbee team testified that after practice, at 11 p.m., he, Ravi and others went to get takeout food at the dining hall and that Ravi said that "he had set up a webcam of some sorts to capture images of his roommate", had "done it before," and that night "was planning on doing it again". Follow The Star-Ledger on Twitter@StarLedgerand find us onFacebook. Today, Ravi began his jail sentence, andthe Clementi family rejected his apology: As to the so-called apology, it was, of course, no apology at all, but a public relations piece produced by Mr. Ravis advisers only after Judge Berman scolded Mr. Ravi in open court for his failure to have expressed a word of remorse or apology. Dharun Ravi caused this with his actionsand should be punished accordingly. Dharun Ravi made a mistake. "It feels good. just read his statement for the first time. Dharun Ravi did not take a plea bargain in December that would have avoided jail time altogether and put him on probation with 600 hours of community service. I'm also unaware of any evidence that any video was recorded, reproduced or disseminated in any way. Dharun Ravi appears in Middlesex County Superior Court, in New Brunswick, N.J. The state's case lasted nine days, consisting of a score of witnesses and a thick stack of computer emails, tweets and instant messages into evidence. ", On September 21, Ravi sent a friend a series of text messages, including messages saying, "Yeah, keep the gays away" and "People are having a viewing party with a bottle of Bacardi and beer in this kid's room for my roommate" along with directions on how to view it remotely. BTW, it is likely that they would have become friends or respectable roommates to each other. I almost didnt want to comment on this article because I am so tired of this case But I feel that this article is particularly good. , Soon after the charges against Wei were made public, Wei's attorneys released a statement proclaiming her innocence, and a former New Jersey federal prosecutor commented that, "there's no evidence of Ms. Wei doing anything.  "It wasn't my deal," the judge said. Yay! Mark Di Ionno may be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.  Ravi later left the room to shower and Wei, within an hour of the initial viewing, accessed Ravi's webcam again, at the request of a friend, and briefly showed four other students.  The police say, however, that it was subsequently found still pointed directly at Clementi's bed. You seem to be able to turn everything into a beautifully flowing story, peppered with bits of your own opinions backed up by numerical data. Ravi was acquitted of all bias charges against M.B.. Going to college can be a difficult transition period in which students may feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate, and stressed. He was on trial for the invasion of his privacy. " In the afternoon, the resident assistant confronted Ravi about Clementi's written complaint, in which he requested a room change. However, the thought of whether he was Indian or not dissipated as the news about 18-year-old Clementis suicide sank in, leaving me chilled. Ravi was convicted in 2012 on 15 counts, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. Yes, I think inviting that stranger into the room was morally wrong. His press release did not mention Tyler or our family, and it included no words of sincere remorse, compassion or responsibility for the pain he caused. Seems this is a drama which we all will be watching for quite a while.  On April 20, 2011, a Middlesex County grand jury indicted Ravi on 15 counts, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, witness tampering, and evidence tampering. I cant understand why a court would allocate a custodial sentence in a scenario like this under Australian principles of sentencing its a chance for reflection, but the state paying for 30 days of gaol is immensely expensive. A version of this blog post originally appeared on Firstpost.com. Aug. 25, 2010 But Dharun Ravi, it's not about you. He said that he tried talking to him but Tyler was pretty unresponsive/shy. When he left the room, there were about five students who "seemed to be looking at me and it seemed kind of unsettling". ", Glenn Berman, the judge who presided over Ravi's trial, said that the New Jersey statute was "muddled" and that he would have written it differently. , In August 2011, Ravi's defense attorney requested a mistrial because the prosecution had not presented evidence to the grand jury which, he argued, would have cleared Ravi, and had presented other evidence in what he said was a misleading manner. It does not change my original sentiment. "Or if they pointed to Dharun Ravi, or didn't.". Dharun Ravi sentenced to 30 days in jail 12 photos. , Under New Jersey law, one commits a fourth-degree crime of invasion of privacy if one observes another person without that person's consent under circumstances in which a "reasonable person would know that another may expose intimate parts or may engage in sexual penetration or sexual contact." One student said that Ravi had called Clementi "nice", and another said that Ravi had told him he had a gay friend. In 2004 he was deported to Cambodia, the very country his parents had once fled. I felt uncomfortable and guilty of what happened. , In a news analysis published shortly before the verdict was announced, Chris Cuomo of ABC News wrote that "for the most part, the consensus of reporters and legal analysts following the trial is that the state's hate crime charges are thin, at best. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! I mean,Ive always felt like hes exactly the kind of guy I wouldve hated in college, the kind of guy who wouldve contributed to the sexist shit-talking that made me loathe living in the dorms and wonder whyguys like him were somehow immune to the criticism they so eagerly piled upon their female and gay male classmates.